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Posted: 17/08/2013 at 18:07

David, I've also tried to grow them from seed several times but have failed miserably!  I'm impressed even if you only managed to get one to germinate.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 14:21

I'm also an example of someone who has several books and a lot of experience in picking wild mushrooms.  While caution is absolutely necessary, I agree with Swiss Sue - there are no poisonous British fungi that look like the example given.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 14:08

There are quite a few solitary and bumble bees which can be all black.  Amongst them are:

Solitary: Anthophora plumipes (Hairy footed flower bee)

Bumble: Bombus Campestris (Field cuckoo bee - uncommon all-black form, probably male), Bombus Hortorum (rare all black form), B.Ruderatus (uncommon black form, likely a worker or queen)

Honey: Black honey bee (extremely rare - usually found only in Cornwall)

Will security lightning / street lighting upset my vegetable plot?

Posted: 16/08/2013 at 18:57

I would be livid if that security light was shining in my garden.  Bad for wildlife (including humans) as well as the fact that any amateur astronomers with a couple of hundred yards will have their hobby ruined.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 18:48

Many years ago 3 or 4 of my runner bean roots, left in the soil over Winter, sprouted and grew again in the Spring.  They are perennial in their native habitat, but it takes a special set of circumstances for them to survive in the UK.  I think it must have been a mild, dry Winter that year.  It might be possible to lift and store them like dahlias but I doubt the effort would be worth it considering how quickly they grow from seed.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 23:28

I think they are likely to be what are now called primocanes with a good example being 'Polka'.  They are really an Autumn fruiting variety but by doing as waterbutts suggests and cutting down only the fruited canes, you can get 2 crops per year from the one variety.  There is a short explanation in the first paragraph of the Polka ordering page at the RHS shop:




Posted: 15/08/2013 at 20:05

I agree, the best bet is to buy resistant varieties.  I have a lovely 'Peace' but it gets devastated every year, regardless of what I do.  Two resistant varieties planted just feet away are untouched.  As long as the Peace continues to flower it's socks off I'll probably keep it even if it does look unsightly at times.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:06

Hi jonothan, yes - the Japanese love growing this in their gardens.  Just google "how to grow moss" - I got 136 million hits and the top few seemed to have all the information needed.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:01

As an aside armaghgirl, most plants in gardens are poisonous.  Luckily, mammals are generally not stupid enough to eat them (if fact most poisonous plants taste very nasty.)  The younger and less bright mammals (which usually have only two legs) luckily have ears, eyes and can understand language, so can be easily taught not to put such things into their mouths.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 18:48

It doesn't matter what make/model, the only way to shred is to have two piles of stuff, one green stuff and one dry stuff.  You need to mix them while shredding, so that about 80% is dry matter and 20% wet.  In other words you need to feed in 4 parts dry matter with one part wet matter.  That is all there is to it.  By following this rule of thumb, I can shred for several hours without blocking my Alko.

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